Ellen Hilty Hatcher

January 27, 1961May 7, 2013

Hatcher, Ellen Hilty age 52 of Knoxville, left this world Tuesday, May 7, 2013 with the same dignity and grace that she carried through her life. A member of St. Mark United Methodist Church where she was involved in several committees, her love was the Missions Committee, Children’s Worship and Joy Circle. Ellen was a Special Education CDC Teacher with Knox County School Systems Oakwood Elementary School and Christenberry Elementary School for 29 years., receiving Teacher of the Year 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. Ellen holds an Urban Specialist Certificate and is Coordinator and Chairman of multiple school and community committees. A Member of KCEA, NEA and TEA. She was also a member of Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (Key Women Educators) where she served as President and other leadership rolls from 2000-2012. And she was a Girl Scout Leader. Survivors include her loving husband of 27 years W. Lynn Hatcher, daughter Katherine Margaret Hatcher, parents Dr. James and Happy Hilty, brother Jim (Cathy) Hilty, brother-in-law Phil (Donna) Hatcher, a host of special nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 5-7pm at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 7001 Northshore Dr., Knoxville, TN 37919. A Celebration of Life will follow at 7pm with Rev. Dave Graybeal officiating. Arrangements by Lynnhurst/Greenwood Chapel. Friends may leave their condolences at


  • Visitation Saturday, May 11, 2013
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, May 11, 2013

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Roy Dawson

June 1, 2014

It is with tears in my eyes and great pain that I write this, I am just finding out about Ellen passing away last year.I work with Ellen at Arby's from 1978 to 1979,She was the most amazing person I have ever met...And I am alive today because of her,without getting into too much details,she talk me out of taking my life one night after work.I never forgot her and was hoping to see her again one day.My heart and prayers go out to her family.

Stephanie Jones

October 17, 2013

I am a listener to the Basilio show and often hear W. Lynn speak so passionately of his dear Ellen. From reading the guest book, I see that Ellen was a remarkable woman. Not only did she touch everyone who came in contact with her, but she made a positive impact on their lives. I am very sorry for your loss, W. Lynn, Katherine and the entire Hatcher and Hilty families. You are in my prayers.

Sharon Yow-Taylor

May 28, 2013

I lived next door to Ellen in our early elementary school years and often wondered where she and her family were now. We were both Knox County School teachers and never crossed paths. My heart goes out to Jim, Happy, and her brother.

Carol Iddins Watson

May 24, 2013

Dear Jim and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know it is a very difficult time for you and your family. You have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Our love to you, James and Cathy and deepest sympathy to you, your parents and the rest of your family. Carol and Bruce

John Anderson

May 23, 2013

I knew Ellen at Bearden High School and UT and worked with her at Arby's. I thought the world of Ellen and am terribly saddened by her passing. My prayers go out to her and her family.

Kelly Reese Frantz

May 22, 2013

Ellen is my Alpha Chi Sister and friend for life. She is one of those friends that if you have not seen in years, you could pick up right where you left off. I have many fond memories of our years at UT and sorority life. I am just heartbroken an my thoughts and prayers are with Lynn and Katherine

Raina Scoggins

May 20, 2013

I knew Ellen through Delta Kappa Gamma. She and I attended state conference together where we became close. She was such an encouragement to me and I will miss her. I am so sorry for you loss and I will remember you in my prayers.

Janice Chambers

May 20, 2013

I worked with Ellen at Oakwood and Christenberry.She always had such a calm manner and wonderful smile.My prayers are with you during this difficult time.

todd steed

May 16, 2013

Very, very sorry to hear this. I wish I knew exactly what to write but I don't, except that my heart goes out to all family and friends.

May 16, 2013

I went to high school with Ellen. She was always so sweet and joyful. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my prayers.
Kim Detwiler (Fayetteville, GA)